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Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
that way. we conjured up this fiscal cliff to force us to address the big issues of the nation. and you've heard people on both sides of the aisle, certainly as but many people talk about the fact that to deal with our fiscal issues we need to do something in the four and a half to 5 trillion-dollar range so that we can begin this year with the rearview mirror and the economy has the opportunity to take off and it's pretty apparent that on december 29 without anything that is better in place that is probably not going to happen. so unfortunately for america the next line in the sand is going to be the debt ceiling and i know secretary has sent up the ladder probably around mid march that action has to be taken by the time you take extraordinary action. and so, lamar and i recognize that and we also recognize that the big issues of the nation today the average family pays over the lifetime $119,000 in the medicare program. the members of a family working over their lifetime will pay into medicare $119,000 in today's. that same family today takes out of medicare $357,000. basically americans today are paying about one third of the true cost of medicare. lamar recognizes and i recognize that and we
Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST
these crucial issues about the fiscal cliff, the question of the budget, and taxes and as i mentioned, senior citizens being able to see a doctor, those are crucial issues, but this legislation, the fisa amendments act, is also a crucial piece of legislation, and that is why senators will be offering amendments in order to strike the best possible balance between security and liberty. now, when the foreign intelligence surveillance act, often known, mr. president, as fisa, senators and those listening will hear that discussion almost interchangeably, the abbreviated name is fisa. and when it was written in 1978, congress applied justice brandeis' principles to intelligence gathering. the congress said when they wrote the original fisa legislation in 1978, they really said that justice brandeis, you know, got it right with respect to how you ought to gather intelligence. so the original fisa statute stated that if the government wants to collect an american's communications for intelligence purposes, the government must go to a court, show evidence that the american is a terrorist or a
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